The Color of Death

The Color of Death

by Elizabeth Lowell

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ISBN-13: 9780060504144
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 429,060
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.

Date of Birth:

April 5, 1944

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Education:

B. A., University of California, 1966

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Color of Death 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
glade1 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Fast-paced, fairly enjoyable romantic suspense. I fear some of the plot elements would fall apart upon closer inspection (for instance, why did the murderer kill the brother when all the other murders were contracted out?) but it was decent brain candy for a lazy weekend.
EmScape on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Kate Chandler is a gem cutter whose brother was killed when acting as a courier for a group of gems she cut, brilliant sapphires known as the Seven Sins. Special Agent Sam Groves is on a special task force trying to figure out who is roughing up gem couriers and stealing the contents of their deliveries. When Kate tries to get the FBI to look into her brother's death, she gets a death threat of her own, and no one at the FBI will take her seriously except Sam. This book is part of a series known as Rarities Unlimited, although the reader is not required to have any back story from the previous novels to become engaged in this one. The reader is not left feeling as though there is some information missing or that the experience of reading would be made fuller with the past perusal of the prequels. I was worried when Lowell 'graduated' to romantic suspense from her core genre of straight romance. I imagined that the mystery would be flat, but the romance still steamy. The opposite is the case, however. The romance suffers only slightly in comparison to the mystery, but it does suffer. This is unfortunate, as I have long been a fan of Lowell's sensual prose. (By which I mean, her average sex scene does not make me either cringe with embarrassment or gag with syrupy sweetness.) Here, the relationship between the Agent and his Confidential Informant pales in comparison to the case they are trying to solve, and I feel it was just thrown in for Lowell's previous fans in a half-hearted manner. As I have said, the investigation is the heart of this plot. Nonetheless, I am intrigued by the gem industry (have read all of Lowell's Donovan series, which also deal with gems) and am always interested in learning more about it through fiction regarding it. I believe the other books in this series also reside in my library and am looking forward to them appearing next in my to-be-read list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing when you read this book because I could feel the emotions from Kate, Sam, and Lee. So sad, and yet so love! You should read it and see how you feel!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found it very interesting how she wrote about the gem industry. I always like the mix of Law enforcement/heroine. I like her smart and sassy leading lady.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was really boring. although i enjoyed the fbi and suspense, it took over her book. the romance was second to the information about the Fbi. although i know that she always has a lot of information about whatever subject she is writing about, gems, pearls, gold, this one was too overpowering and boring. her other books involving the donovan family are so much better-her best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say that Lowell missed the mark on this book. Very predictable. Easy to put down, hard to pick back up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Your books and stories have always kept me up at night, just can't wait to finish them. This one was BLAH!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you guessing until the very end. Here is the basic plot: Kate Chandler is trying to find out what happened to her brother. He disappeared while transporting the 'seven sins' (seven blue sapphires). The FBI won't listen to her and think she is a nut job. Kate runs into FBI SA Sam Groves while she is trying to track down the sapphires. He believes her story. When people start dieing he realizes that if no one keeps Kate safe she will soon be dead. This book was a GREAT read. I had to back up in the beginning because I forgot who was who. So pay careful attention in the first few chapters, don't read too fast like I did. This book has great suspense and a wonderful relationship between Sam and Kate, you will want to give Sam a big hug yourself at the end. What a great hero. As the book nears the end you'll think you have figured out who the killers are, but just wait. I gasped out loud when the book finally revealed the real leader. Ann Maxwell (Elizabeth Lowell) had delivered, yet again, a wonderful book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lowell has done it again. This is a great story that will keep you turning the pages....and the ending was one that I didn't see coming. All in all this was very worth reading - and now that I am done, I will put it with the 'keeper' books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you guessing until the very end. Here is the basic plot: Kate Chandler is trying to find out what happened to her brother. He disappeared while transporting the `seven sins' (seven blue sapphires). The FBI won't listen to her and think she is a nut job. Kate runs into FBI SA Sam Groves while she is trying to track down the sapphires. He believes her story. When people start dieing he realizes that if no one keeps Kate safe she will soon be dead. This book was a GREAT read. I had to back up in the beginning because I forgot who was who. So pay careful attention in the first few chapters, don't read too fast like I did. This book has great suspense and a wonderful relationship between Sam and Kate, you will want to give Sam a big hug yourself at the end. What a great hero. As the book nears the end you'll think you have figured out who the killers are, but just wait. I gasped out loud when the book finally revealed the real leader. Ann Maxwell (Elizabeth Lowell) had delivered, yet again, a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Glendale, Arizona, gem cutter Kate Chandler is ecstatic because collector Arthur McCloud hired her to cut the Seven Sins sapphires. Her brother Lee Mandel delivers the gems to its owner, but in Florida he vanishes. Kate is frantic, but the police believe that Lee absconded with the goods and a girlfriend to the Caribbean. Kate disagrees if for no other reason than her sibling was in love with Norm Gallagher and wo.uld never desert his mate................................... Five months later, Kate continues to search for her brother while attending gem shows to see if she can find the Seven Sins. Undercover FBI Agent Sam Groves sees Kate pull a switch at a Phoenix shows and takes her with him. As they become acquainted and he realizes how much she detests the bureau for not looking for Lee, they fall in love and begin teaming up to stop an illegal dangerous gem ring that is as smooth as Teflon and seek what happened to her brother................................... This is an entertaining FBI romance that grips readers when Sam watches Kate perform a sexy sleight of the hand. The story line keeps the audience attention as the duo fall in love, but officialdom keeps them together by ¿punishing¿ Sam. Though the perpetrator seems too coincidental and out of left field, fans will enjoy this delightful tale in which the hero faces exile to Fargo rather than accolades (excrement rolls downhill while acclaim remains in the stratosphere).......................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definately not one her best works. She can do much better.